Prince’s House, a project from The Prince’s Foundation, is a new kind of vision — making enquiries into our ability to address sustainability while maintaining our relationship with craft and materiality. At times it feels like we’re barreling toward a future where we’ll wear solar powered Snuggies, sunbathe under full-spectrum fluorescent lighting and dissolve high-efficiency miso-probiotic tablets under our tongues for dinner. The Prince sees it differently. No slave to the numbered spectrum of carbon output, but with due respect to contemporary technologies, he and his team aimed to create a prototype for a home that feels like home, while saving money, energy and our beloved Earth for inhabitants one and all. We appreciate that so much care was put into making the house feel as good as it is for the environment — the kinesthetics of living, thriving and being responsible stewards.
You can read about Prince’s House deeply considered materiality and its role in the conversation about sustainability innovation here, here, here and here but we wanted to share some of the details that make us relax a bit at the utterance of the phrase “zero-footprint.” Put away your tinfoil hats and stay awhile.